Mike, I hunt, allot, my wife would say far too much; and in hunting situations, I seldom go near the top of my magnification range. And that counts double in dense vegetation.
What are reasonable estimates of hunting range for you (meaning at what range is your rifle, your ammo, your skill, and your confidence sufficient for a high probability success?) With that, we can help on picking a scope. Personally, for hunting in woods and dense vegetation, I prefer a true 1X - or iron sights.
The red dot mounted with a higher mag scope works, I have a few in similar setup, but it is one more piece of gear, more weight, more zeroing, more training, and another thing to fail at a bad time.